Crystal McIntosh D.D.S, M.S., Receives Scholarship for the ADEA Leadership Institute

SAN ANTONIO--()--During the March 16th Opening Ceremony of the 2014 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition, ADEA named Crystal McIntosh D.D.S, M.S., the eighth ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co./National Dental Association (NDA) Jeanne C. Sinkford Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. The ADEA Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to develop the nation’s most promising individuals at academic dental institutions to become future leaders in dental and higher education.

“The presentation of this award to Dr. McIntosh is in recognition of her strong leadership qualities and her demonstrated interest and important work in advancing equity and diversity issues within dental education,” says Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors. “ADEA is grateful to Colgate-Palmolive Company and the National Dental Association for their support of this scholarship, which will provide Dr. McIntosh with the opportunity to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute and further her service to minority women and men seeking to become dental students and educators.”

Dr. McIntosh is a fulltime Assistant Professor in the Periodontics Department in the Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC. She received her dental degree from Howard in May 2006 and earned a M.S. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI, in 2009. She is also a Board Certified Periodontitis, and she served as Chief Periodontal Resident at Saint John’s Macomb Hospital and the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School.

Dr. McIntosh's publishing credits include numerous articles in peer-reviewed dental journals, such as The Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry, Dentistry Today and General Dentistry. She actively volunteers in her local community and abroad, traveling on mission trips to Haiti, Nigeria and Jamaica.

“Colgate is pleased to join ADEA and the NDA in honoring Dr. McIntosh for her efforts to encourage and inspire future leaders about the importance of professionalism, hard work and continued education,” says Barbara Shearer, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., Director of Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Company. “We’re also appreciative of the opportunities she is working on to promote equity and diversity in dental education and congratulate her as this year’s Jeanne C. Sinkford Scholar.”

"The National Dental Association recognizes Dr. McIntosh's strong leadership skills and her deep knowledge of working with diverse students entering the dental profession," says NDA President Dr. Alison Riddle-Fletcher. "She truly understands the challenges and the successes found in higher education to increase the enrollment of minorities."

The ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co./NDA Jeanne C. Sinkford Scholarship is an annual award that provides a dental educator who is closely aligned with the promotion of equity and diversity an opportunity to participate in the ADEA Leadership Institute. When Jeanne C. Sinkford, D.D.S., Ph.D., became Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry in 1975, she also became the first female dean of any U.S. dental school. She is a renowned scholar and champions the advancement of women in dental education, the dental profession and the medical sciences. Dr. Sinkford is a Senior Scholar-in-Residence at ADEA.

About the American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and communications, such as the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS and CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit

About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional development and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four days of dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall show casing academic dentistry’s leading partners and suppliers. For more information, visit

About the National Dental Association

The NDA, based in Washington D.C., promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color and raising the profile of the profession in underserved communities. The Association is comprised of 48 state and local chapters throughout the United States and Caribbean, representing more than 6,000 African American dentists. It is expanding its membership to include oral health care professionals in Africa, Canada, Saudi Arabia, South America and Latin America. Please log on to for further information.

About Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide under internationally recognized brand names: Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom's of Maine, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate-Palmolive's global business, visit the Company's web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit


American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Jayne Lytel, 202-289-7201


American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Jayne Lytel, 202-289-7201